Changes: Medical People’s Perceptions

Today’s topic for the 6th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:

Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways.  Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way.  This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.  OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.  Were they expected or did they surprise you?

DoctorI decided to pick people’s perceptions – not just any people, but those in the medical profession.  I wish some of these people would learn that “one number” does not determine what kind of control you have.  It drives me nuts when you have a doctor’s appointment and some clueless person asks what your blood sugar is then you get to listen to snide comments if your blood sugar is above range.

I know I am singing to the choir here, but there are a million things that affect our blood sugar and I wish some of these people would learn that.  You can give them a legitimate explanation as to why your blood sugar is off that day and they still treat you like someone that is “non compliant” – and yes, I am being sarcastic with that statement!

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Spring Cleaning

Time for some spring cleaning.  Today’s topic is:

Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?  (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)

A couple years ago, I wrote a post on Diabetic Hoarders – we do tend to have a lot of stuff.  At the time, I was pumping and using a Dexcom so had a lot of stuff.  After I quit using both of those, the d-stuff I do have doesn’t make me feel like a hoarder.  For me now, it is more emotional crap I need to clear out.

Diabetic Hoarders

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Diabetes Personified: Just a Little Crazy

I decided to use one of the wildcard topics today.  The topic of the day is Keep it to Yourself and I don’t tend to hold back anything about diabetes! I selected the Diabetes Personified Wildcard instead.

If you could personify your diabetes or that of your loved one, what would it be like?  What would it look like, what would it say, what kind of personality would it have?  Use your imagination and feel free to use images, drawings, words, music, etc. to describe it.  (Thank you Reva of Type ONEderful for this topic suggestion.)

Crazy PersonThe first thing to pop into my head with that one was crazy person!  Diabetes certainly has a mind of its own and doesn’t follow any rules.  I guess you could say that it even takes meds and still doesn’t follow any rules!

It is crazy to do the exact same thing 10 different times and have 10 totally different results.
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I Can Run

It is that time of the year again – the Sixth Annual Diabetes Blog Week!  Today’s topic is:


In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)


I didn’t have to think very hard about that one.  Even when I was diagnosed back in 1984, exercising was important. Other than walking, I didn’t do much exercise – I was glued to my desk at work.


I can’t remember “why” I decided to start running, but I did.  For me, that was funny because when I was in high school, my brother bet me that he could run backwards faster than I could run front ways.  I did beat him, but not by much.  For me to think that I could run any distance was kind of hilarious.
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Predictive Astrology and Your Health by Nic Gaudette

The following is a guest post by Nic Gaudette, The Dark Pixie Astrology:


Astrology can help you to predict when you may have difficult times health-wise.  In this blog post ( I write about how I got an ear infection and was so busy I didn’t plan for it, but should’ve seen it coming a mile away!

In all the years I’ve been doing readings for Kelly, one of the things I always spotlight for her is health days (along with the potential for Mr. Right, of course).  If you learn a little predictive astrology, you can do the same thing for yourself.

Focusing on diabetes, the four things you want to look at are:
6th house cusp and ruler

The 6th house is the house of heath, ruling your health in general. The Sun rules your body overall, the Moon rules your pancreas, and Venus rules your kidneys. You want to track transit aspects to your 6th house cusp (the very beginning of a house), 6th house ruler, natal Sun, natal Moon, and natal Venus. Hard aspects (conjunctions, squares, oppositions) can show difficult days/weeks/months with your diabetes, especially by the Sun, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, or Pluto. Transit (moving) Sun and Mars aspects will be short, only lasting a few days, so it’s temporary. Saturn and Uranus aspects can last months, and Pluto aspects can last years, so those are indicative of long-term health problems.

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever

Last week I had an appointment for my foot.  In the fall, he switched me to 3 weeks and when I saw him in November, he said 4 weeks.  Last Thursday it had been a month since I saw him.  That was the longest I have gone without seeing a doctor in almost 3 years.

Although my foot did not look closed to me, he said it was.  My sister had told me that but as I said, it didn’t look closed.  She said the skin is dark in that area most likely because of the stuff we were putting on it, but it really is closed.  I guess it was 2 against 1 so officially, it is closed!


It has been a very long, long road – if you aren’t familiar with my story, this mess started in April, 2011 so almost 3 years ago.

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